Weather conditions Print

Here you will find described some of the most common winds appearing on the Adriatic coast:

MAESTRAL / from NW: In settled summer weather, the prevailing day-breeze is the Maestral. It gets up after midday and lasts till sunset, following the sun and reaching force 4 or 5. At night it is usually flat calm. In the early morning there may be a very light land breeze in the opposite direction.

JUGO ( SIROCCO ) / from SE: Depressions crossing the Adriatic produce unpleasant Sirocco conditions. They are met with in southern Adriatic more than in the north. Before they arrive, there will be a light variable winds, hazy horizon, slowly falling barometer and an increase in both temperature and humidity - the last often causing shortness of temper! The southern slopes of mountains are covered with low cloud, which rises slowly as the wind increases; visibility becomes poor and a swell sets in from the SE. The mean strength of the Sirocco is about Force 5, but it can rise to 9 or 10; it sets in lightly and after 36 or 48 hours may reach full force, but it blows steadily and gives ample warning in advance.

BURA / from NNE: This wind is caused by cold air from the continent surmounting the coastal ranges and hurling itself down onto the sea; it is therefore rare in summer, but it is not unknown and it can blow very violently and often unexpectedly, although seldom for long. Usually the sky remains clear and the weather becomes cool. Dangerously strong buras appear with special violence in winter.

THUNDERSTORMS: Fierce little thunderstorms build up occasionally if the morning heat is oppressive and the horizon heavy. They cover but a small area and pass away in an hour or two but sometimes contain gale force gusts and greatly reduced visibility in the torrential rain; it is prudent to keep a weather eye open, particularly to the westward, and if one should appear to reduce canvas and fix the yacht's position.



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